Only one real attraction

In nearly every direction we look, we see advertisements encouraging us to make the human personality more attractive. So much stress is laid on the importance of personal charm today that one might begin to believe charm alone holds the key to our success. It would seem that even our political leaders are sometimes chosen for their personal charisma rather than for their necessary qualifications.

The multitudes were drawn to Christ Jesus, however, not because of a magnetic personality but because of his conscious union with God. He offered them the spiritual truths of being, and they must have felt the impersonal love of the Christ-power he expressed in healing them. In Luke's Gospel we read that soon after the beginning of Jesus' formal ministry, the disciples came to him saying, "All men seek for thee." Mark 1:37. But our Master knew that the only real attraction is that of the all-intelligent, all-loving Mind, God. Jesus once said to the Jews, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him." John 6:44. No one can come to the impersonal Christ except through the irresistible power of God, Spirit.

In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy writes: "There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the pole symbolizes this all-embracing power or the attraction of God, divine Mind." Science and Health, p. 102.

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March 8, 1982

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